This paper explores how increasing focus on enhancing well-being in public policy and democratic debate often avoids more subtle and nuanced understandings of well-being which break from simplistic hedonistic accounts of happiness and well-being. The paper recommends a more multi-layered understanding of well-being being developed in policy public discourse, which explicitly recognises the experience of melancholy as an enhancer of well-being and, what is termed, ‘authentic happiness’. The ASPP conference is one of the major annual events on the calendar at the theoretical end of social justice/political philosophy debates, and so is an important chance to network with colleagues with the view to participating in collaborative research and funding bids.
|Title of host publication||Melancholy and Happiness|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jun 2015|
|Event||Association of Legal and Social Philosophy’s annual conference, University of Amsterdam. - University of Amsterdam|
Duration: 15 Jul 2015 → 18 Jul 2015
|Conference||Association of Legal and Social Philosophy’s annual conference, University of Amsterdam.|
|Period||15/07/15 → 18/07/15|
- political philosophy